It's been a big week for announcements in the world of Competitive Wingsuiting.
First off, the FAI came to a decision on the highly debatable topic of altitude for the Competition Window of Performance Flying. This argument had been brewing for a long time. The current altitude for the window is between 3000 and 2000 metres, at the World Championships in particular we saw a lot of problems being caused due to bad weather and clouds, making it hard to ascend in the aircraft to the required altitude. This resulted in a lot of fuel being wasted by the organizing Drop Zone and therefore a lot of money too. The simple truth is no D.Z will want to host these events if they keep running them at a loss.
On the flip-side to that of course is the aspect of safety and the concern that lowering the altitude for the window also brings people closer to the ground. This would reduce time that a Wingsuit Pilot would have to safely open their main parachute if they were out of control and spiralling towards the ground in a high-speed flatspin. You can see how that might be important too..
For now the Competition Window will remain at the same altitude. Although nothing came from the hot topic at this stage, at least we can all see that the wheels are starting to turn and that everyone wants to see this sport grow.
In other news, it has just been announced that the 2017 World Cup for Wingsuiting will be held at Las Vegas in early November. This year will not be a World Championship which means I will retain my World Title until at least 2018. That doesn't mean it won't be a fierce battle though, if the past 2 years of progression in this sport are anything to go by then you can expect to see huge leaps in performances. I'm expecting to see records getting smashed and I'll be training accordingly.
Feel free to send me a message if you have any questions on how to get in to Competitive Wingsuiting or how to train.
Ciai for now,
Here's an article that The Weekly Times in Australia has just released. This article definitely covers more of the story of me becoming a Wingsuit Pilot than other article have, of course there is still the usual discussion of death too but I don't think we're ever going to get away from that..
The Journalist, Camille Smith did a great job of getting facts checked. It seems too often that simple mistakes are made by the Media that any skydiver quickly notices.
Here's an article I was interviewed for with British Airway's inflight magazine, High Life. The magazine has a potential reach of 3.4 million readers!
The interview took place over the phone while driving back to the Orlando International Airport after I had just won the first FAI World Championship of Wingsuiting at Z-Hills, Florida.
2017 is gearing up to be a huge year!
I've just finished confirming dates for hosting a few Skills Camps in Italy and Sweden and also made a new partnership with Cookie Composites.
I had already been using the G3 helmet from Cookie for over 3 years, maybe you've seen some of the photos right here on my website..? I'm excited to be working with an Australian company, keeping some of my roots and Cookie is definitely a leader in Skydiving helmets and accessories.
2017 is going to be huge but it sure is starting slowly.. I haven't even made any jumps this year! The weather in Northern California has actually produced a Winter for the first time in a long while and Water Reservoirs that have been depleted for years are finally in a healthy state again. It's been nice to have a break and I've been focusing more of my spare time to improving my specific strength needed for Wingsuiting and now writing this blog.
At this stage it looks like the first Performance Competition will be in Florida at the start of March, this means I still have a lot of time to get back into my training regime so I will just enjoy my weather-enforced break.
Feel free to leave a comment if you have any questions..